Thomas Coates, PhD

Global HIV Co-Director, Administrative Core

Thomas J. Coates, PhD, is Director of the University of California Global Health Institute, which brings together the 10-campus UC system to solve global health problems and train future leaders. He is Distinguished Research Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Director Emeritus of the UCLA Center for World Health.  Before coming to UCLA, Dr. Coates spent 21 years at the University of California, San Francisco. He co-founded the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) in 1986 and was the Founding Executive Director of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute in 1996.  Both continue with extramural and intramural support. San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown declared July 24, 2003 Dr. Thomas J. Coates Day in San Francisco in honor of his work against HIV.  Dr. Coates’ work has focused on HIV testing and community-level prevention interventions.  Dr. Coates’ NIH and foundation supported research continues to focus on HIV prevention with disadvantaged populations, especially in Malawi and South Africa.  His current work focuses on strategies for bringing men into testing and treatment, pre-exposure prophylaxis for pregnant and post-partum women, and strategies to enhance the growth and development of HIV-exposed but uninfected infants. Dr. Coates was elected to Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) in 2000.